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UP: To the many volunteers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley who helped nonprofits serve meals to those in need on Thanksgiving. “We have a lot of people in our community who can’t get out to get a meal at Thanksgiving or don’t have a way to cook it,” said Salvation Army Maj. Carey Richmond, in Parkersburg. “We are able to provide that for people who need it.” They and other groups do so with the help of generous souls who take time to make holidays brighter for others. Thank you, folks.

UP: To the addition of a West Virginia Division of Highways classroom in Parkersburg, for its Equipment Training Academy. The expansion gives those in our region in need of commercial driver’s license courses through the Department of Transportation the chance to learn a little closer to home, rather than having to head to Buckhannon. With a CDL required to operate any of the DOH’s trucks over 26,000 pounds, bulldozers, excavators, road graders and other heavy equipment, there should be plenty who can take advantage of the new classroom.

UP: To Paden City High School receiving $50,000 earlier this month for its efforts to encourage young people to vaccinate against coronavirus. PCHS says it will use the money to fund school-community opportunities such as school dances, a family fun carnival and to expand learning opportunities. Well done, folks.

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